The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic


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wheelbarrowsIt might be hard to imagine it but the G.A.R. Building in downtown Detroit is looking awesome compared to when we picked it up over one year ago.  We 3 were on the fence as to when we should start the work on the storefronts (me being one who wanted to wait) but it is definitely exciting to see the work progress.
interior interior2While the crews have taken out the glass block and stone – our teams are building the replacement frames and woodwork off site in their shop.  In a few weeks, the wood trim and (crazy big sheets of) glass will be married in place at the G.A.R.  The retail storefronts will be almost floor to ceiling glass. Imagine the daylight that will pour into the outlets.  And more importantly imagine tipping back a few drinks before walking over to a Red Wings game at the new arena.

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trimThe team from IBG has almost completed the stripping and repair of all of the wood at the main “arched” entry to the building.  Soon they will paint the exterior to match the windows.  We’ve decided to stain the interior of the same…we think showing the decades of scars in the woodwork will add to the character for those visiting the space.


All photos by Lindsey Yeo

Author: G.A.R. Building

The G.A.R. building was purchased by the media production firm Mindfield from the City of Detroit in November, 2011. Mindfield has started renovating the G.A.R., with opening slated for November 2014. Mindfield plans to occupy the top two floors itself, lease the ground floor for 2 restaurants, and dedicate a memorial to Civil War Veterans. The G.A.R. Building was designed by architect Julian Hess, and constructed at 1942 West Grand River and Cass as an appropriate structure for meetings and other G.A.R. related activities. The original construction cost was split between the Grand Army of the Republic (who paid $6000 of the cost) and the city of Detroit (who paid the remainder of the $44,000 total cost). Construction commenced in 1897 on the five-story building.

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